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McConnell faces conservative backlash over compromise to fund DHS, Dems get on board

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:08
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced a backlash Wednesday from conservatives after backing off demands that Congress reverse President Obama’s immigration executive actions as a condition for funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Jonathan Gruber fired from Mass. exchange board

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:47
Massachusetts' governor has fired Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber from a board that oversees the state's health insurance exchange, a source confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

Paying for College: Are Scholarships Taxable?

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:35
Dear Carrie: My daughter was lucky enough to receive a significant college scholarship. Is this considered taxable income to her? And does her scholarship limit my ability to claim an education tax credit? -- A Reader 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T18:35:05Z Carrie Schwab Pomerantz

White House threatens veto of bill to overhaul education law

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:02
The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort "a significant step backwards." The veto threat came as lawmakers were set to debate the measure in the House.

Federal judge rebuffs DOJ bid to unfreeze immigration actions by Wednesday

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:46
The Texas federal judge who suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration has rebuffed the Justice Department's request that he consider lifting that order by Wednesday.

Fed Likely to Hesitate on Rate Hike until Fall

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:35
Last weeks holiday-shortened trading week saw the S&P rally to a new all-time high, crossing the psychological 2,100 level followed by some too-tempting-to-pass-up profit taking. 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T17:35:04Z Bryan Perry

H&R Block analysis: Most ObamaCare customers paying back portion of subsidies

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:35
ObamaCare customers who received health insurance subsidies last year are getting an unpleasant surprise this tax season -- with many finding they have to repay hundreds of dollars.

Kochs and Unions

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:35
Lots of people sure hate the Koch brothers. 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T16:35:04Z John Stossel

NASDAQ Close To New High

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:35
While the other indices recovered to new highs by 2007, this will be the first time NASDAQ has been close. 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T16:35:04Z Charles Payne

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner received $129,000 in bonuses, records show

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:02
Former IRS official Lois Lerner received $129,300 in bonuses between 2010 and 2013, records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show.

Bubba’s buckraking points to more problems for Hillary

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:38
Former President Bill Clinton's overseas speeches during Hillary's tenure at State reveal sketchy details that could trouble the 2016 Democratic frontrunner.

Welcome to the Brave New World of White Shaming

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:35
In a fascinating article that provides an invaluable glimpse into the liberal psyche, the New Republic long recognized (even by itself) as the whitest publication in America - announced on Monday that it has decided to forgive Hollywood for its whiteness. 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T15:35:03Z Leon Wolf

Decreasing the Surplus Population

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:35
The Dutch are killing themselves more than ever, but they feel OK about it. 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T15:35:03Z Zachary Gappa

Susan Rice calls Netanyahu's Capitol Hill speech 'destructive' to US-Israel relations

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:25
National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming Capitol Hill address will be a “destructive” force in long-standing U.S.-Israel relations, adding more political acrimony to the already contentious visit.

‘Locked and Loaded’: FCC primed for vote on Internet regs, amid 11th-hour drama

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:15
The Federal Communications Commission is driving toward a landmark vote Thursday on a sweeping plan that critics warn would impose a new era of regulation for how Americans use and do business on the Internet,  even as 11th-hour appeals inject added drama behind the scenes.

Is America's Destiny Now Rental Housing?

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:35
Is the realistic aspiration to own a home still central to the American dream or is it fading away like so many other traditional American values? 2015-02-25T00:01:00-05:00 2015-02-25T14:35:14Z Terry Jeffrey

Congress investigating DC's move to legalize pot

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:05
Congress is investigating the District of Columbia's move to legalize marijuana and demanding documents showing how money has been spent to change the city's pot laws.

Hillary the Stealth Candidate

Cato Recent Op Eds - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:52

Michael D. Tanner

While much of the media has been obsessed with tracking down Republican positions on such crucial issues as evolution and President Obama’s religion, one searches in vain for hints of Hillary Clinton’s position on … pretty much anything. That is not to say that potential Republican candidates haven’t botched what should have been easy, commonsense answers, but shouldn’t there be at least a little bit of curiosity about where the all-but-inevitable Democratic nominee stands on actual issues that will affect the future of this country?

It is early, of course, and Republicans themselves have not yet laid out detailed positions on most issues. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Hillary has not yet put together a specific platform for her campaign. Still, there are enough hints out there to discern a flavor of what she will offer. 

Clinton has flirted with Elizabeth Warren–style populism, even declaring, “Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” But populism is not an easy fit for the crony-capitalist Clintons, so she appears to be settling into something called “inclusive capitalism.” This idea, developed by the Center for American Progress, and championed by many of Hillary’s top economic advisers, is less overtly hostile to the rich. Instead, it calls for corporations to put less emphasis on short-term profits and shareholder value and instead to invest more in employees, the environment, and communities.

“Shouldn’t there be at least a little bit of curiosity about where the all-but-inevitable Democratic nominee stands on actual issues that will affect the future of this country?”

That should not be interpreted to suggest that Clinton would be business friendly. Companies would be required to provide paid parental leave, universal paid sick days, and more paid vacation days; this on top of the inevitable demand for a higher minimum wage. Businesses would also be pressured to add labor representatives to their boards. 

On other issues, Hillary has been in full stealth mode. She has given rhetorical support to the need to reduce the deficit, calling it a national-security issue. But she has offered few ideas for how to reduce spending, though she has hinted at a willingness to include entitlement reform in a “grand bargain” to reduce the debt. In 2013, she told an audience at Colgate University: “What has worked is a compromise where yes, we raise revenues for a certain period, we go and look at entitlements to see what is fair and can be done without really disadvantaging either existing beneficiaries or people who are going to rely on those programs.”

But when push comes to shove, she has opposed big changes to Medicare or Social Security. One is left with the distinct impression that her idea of compromise simply means raising taxes. For example, she opposes personal accounts for Social Security, but says she is open to lifting the cap on Social Security taxes. She has had little to say recently about Medicare, but has been a supporter of Obamacare (though she carefully allows that it may need some changes). 

That caution provides an additional clue about how Hillary will campaign. Expect few bold proposals or big ideas. Instead, she will run as a grandmother, the first woman president, and liven this appeal with middle-class pandering. As with everything Clintonian, her words will be carefully measured and poll-tested, designed to create as little controversy as possible. Her campaign won’t generate much passion among the Democratic base, but it won’t alienate independents and moderates.

This will leave the eventual Republican nominee with a difficult choice. He will have to find a way to force Hillary to become specific about her more radical positions — but do so without seeming to be too aggressive. (Remember Rick Lazio?) And he will have to find a way to energize the Republican base without alarming the broad middle of the electorate that may see Hillary as history-making. That’s a tall order, and Republicans should keep this in mind as they choose their nominee. But it would certainly help if the media decided to pay attention to actual issues. rticle/414365/hillary-stealth-candidate-michael-tanner

Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution.

Report: Defense cuts degrading military, US no longer able to fight 2 wars at same time

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:35
The United States military does not currently have the ability to fight two major wars simultaneously, according to a new report, a significant reduction from the capacity enjoyed by defense officials for decades.

Why the Beltway showdown over Homeland Security is a nothingburger

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:46
Just when we needed some excitement, there’s another great fiscal showdown in Washington.

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